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Old 08-18-2019, 09:41 PM
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Went down to the basement for some canning jars after lunch today and found the basement floor a bit moist. After checking the well pressure tank, washer and water heater, determined the water heater is the culprit. Be headed out in the morning for a 50 gallon electric water heater at Menards at $415.89.

Not quite what I had planned for tomorrow, but to keep her in a good mood, my elk hunting is postponed for a day. Menards 11% off ended yesterday.
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Old 08-18-2019, 10:08 PM
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Hope you have some help to get that dead tank out of there. Depending on what is in the water some of those dead tanks weigh hundreds of pounds. Limestone is the worst.
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Sorry to hear that Chris. Did the tank rust through, rupture, or is leaking from some where else on it.
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Hope you have some help to get that dead tank out of there. Depending on what is in the water some of those dead tanks weigh hundreds of pounds. Limestone is the worst.
Last one I did, sawzalled it in half (long ways).
Like gutting a deer.....Ugh
Bottom 1/3 was filled with muck.
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Old 08-19-2019, 09:24 AM
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Menards has “prior sales rebate adjustment slips” that you can get from the front office. If they have the 11% rebate in the next two weeks, you can still get the discount. You have to pick it up in person.
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Old 08-19-2019, 10:16 AM
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Last one I did, sawzalled it in half (long ways).
Like gutting a deer.....Ugh
Bottom 1/3 was filled with muck.
I always forget but they say to open the drain once a month to prevent the muck from building up
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Old 08-19-2019, 11:39 AM
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I always forget but they say to open the drain once a month to prevent the muck from building up
I forget to do that also. I need to remember to do that soon.
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I always forget but they say to open the drain once a month to prevent the muck from building up
Once a month sounds extreme. I flush mine about every two to three years, then date it with a sharpie.

You know you're getting old when the sharpie is one of the first things you look for when doing chores like that.
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Got to Menards this morning in Cheyenne and the heater I selected on the web, turns out to be a special order model. Ofcourse the web did not say that. Found a similar one on sale so saved $40. All installed and we have hot water now. She is happy. I am pooped from hauling the old one out of the basement and taking the new one one down to the basement.

Got a couple of new brass compression fittings and cut off 10" of copper pipe to compensate for the extra height of the new heater, Reused the old braided stainless flex hoses, but did replace the rubber washers. Had a couple drips that required a little tightening up. I will check again tomorrow morning to see if all is water tight.
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Hope you have some help to get that dead tank out of there. Depending on what is in the water some of those dead tanks weigh hundreds of pounds. Limestone is the worst.
My son and I used a two wheel cart and it came out fairly easily with both of us grunting along. Same for the new one.
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